Heather J. Lynch, Director of Sustainability
Heather J. Lynch joined Saint Michael's in July 2008 as our first Sustainability Coordinator (now Director of Sustainability). Heather facilitates the development of strategies for incorporating environmental sustainability into the academic, residential and operational activities of Saint Michael’s College. In addition to running the Office of Sustainability, she oversees management of the college's Garden Program, Recycling Program, advises Green Up, our student environmental club, collaborates with community organizations, works closely with the Environmental Studies and Science major and much more. She's also our single point of contact on environmental sustainability topics and activities.
Heather has been in the sustainability field since her undergrad days at the University of New Hampshire, where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Conservation with a concentration in Environmental Affairs in May 2007. Interested in how institutions of higher education were playing a role in reducing their impact on the environment, she worked as the Campus Climate Intern at Clean Air--Cool Planet, the Northeast's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. Before joining the community at St. Mike's, Heather spent a year in Durango, Colorado, as the Environmental Center Intern at Fort Lewis College. There, among other things, she organized the campus community around environmental action and fostered dialogue on how to create the college's first Sustainability Action Plan. She is a certified Extension Master Gardener, holds a Master's of Science in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College and is on the Sodexo VT First Advisory Board.
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Kristyn D. Achilich, Garden Program Coordinator
Kristyn returned to St. Michael’s, her alma mater, in 2015 to share her passion for experiential education, farming and food security as the Academic Program Coordinator for the Organic Garden and Permaculture Site. In this role, she supports students, faculty, and community members who utilize the Saint Michael’s Organic Garden and Permaculture Site for educational and research purposes and carries on the Edmundite tradition of social justice and service as it relates to food issues in our surrounding community. She serves as a resource for faculty as they plan their own lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that students need to be proficient in ecological farming practices and individual and community food security. She is responsible for the overall management and design of the permaculture and garden sites in an effort to maximize the use of the garden for research, teaching and community-engaged learning on campus. She also teaches courses in Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Studies on campus.
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